Traditional Method Blanc de Noir
Hand-picked from a single block of 1985 Clone 93 Pinot Noir, this traditional method sparkling has quickly become a crowd-pleaser!
A magnificent pale rose petal pink in colour, the wine pours with a wonderfully persistent bead and delicate texture. Aromas of sun-baked cherry, fresh oysters and brioche lift out of the glass. The palate has a voluptuous mouthfeel highlighted with red berry fruits and lush mandarin topped off with a pink grapefruit flesh finish that carries on and on. We see this sparkling evolving beautifully over the next 5 to 7 years.
The base wine was fermented and aged for 6 months in neutral oak barrels. Secondary fermentation took place in late May during its two-year tirage. The wine was disgorged in the Spring of 2017 and received a light 2015 Juveniles Pinot Noir dosage before finishing in bottle.
The 2014 growing season has been classified as one of the warmest on record. Interestingly enough, it produced an outcome that most of us don’t normally associate with hot weather – a slowing of the grape ripening process. This happens when daytime temperatures rise above 35C. The vines shift into a protective mode and go dormant.
A chilly September finished out the ripening phase in a truly, cool season fashion. As a result, the wines from this vintage are decidedly bright and complex.
Like all of our wines, this Pinot Noir was grown and produced at our historic, 75-acre estate in South East Kelowna. We continue to farm as sustainably as possible without the use of herbicides or pesticides.
90 POINTS – “This is a single block of 1985-planted Clone 93 pinot noir, fermented and aged for six months in neutral oak barrels before two years on the lees. The wine was disgorged in the Spring of 2017 and received a light 2015 Juveniles Pinot Noir dosage before finishing in bottle. Pointed strawberry, herbal raspberry, red apple, almond biscotti, white cherry fill the mouth, finely detailed with acidity and finishing with a chalky riffing note.”
Treve Ring, July 2017, GismondiOnWine.com
TOP SCORING SPARKLING WINE & GOLD MEDALIST – Intervin Wine Awards 2017
QUENCH MAGAZINE – MAV WINE AND SPIRITS AWARDS 2017
“Beautiful pale pink, lifted strawberry and red fruit aromas with some toasty notes, followed by a creamy palate buoyed by well-balanced acidity and freshness with great length and a lingering wild raspberry finish.”
Tim Pawsey, November 2017, Quench Magazine